Interview: How to overcome dyslexia and become a slam poetry master with Dahled Jeffries
Dahled Jeffries is Director of the National Poetry Slam and Oakland Slam. He overcame dyslexia, learned to loved reading, and now is a thought leader in the US slam poetry movement. We talk about the life of a poet.
Below is a summary of our interview:
The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is. It’s to imagination what is possible – bell hooks
The product of a Jewish mother and Black father who grew up in the 70s and 80s we touch on Dahled struggles with dyslexia, falling in love with words, and how he got into the poetry scene.
Dahled had struggles in school because he could not read like other children. He had to learn via sight reading.
When arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area he discovered a robust slam poetry scene. In a short time, he discovered the national poetry slams.
Dahled’s work now
Dahled coordinates the Oakland Slam Poetry team as well as the US National Poetry Slam. We chat about the excitement of bring so many performing artists together.
What’s exciting Dahled now
Dahled is excited about bring the 25th anniversary of the National Slam to his hometown of Oakland.
Books Dahled Recommends:The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty and Angry Black White Boy by Adam Mansbach
Helpful Habit: Get comfortable being uncomfortable
Helpful Person: Mom and Mona Webb – San Francisco Slam Director
Internet Resource: Poetry Prompts
What’s Your Purpose: Creating a space for creative types to connect with audiences
Where to follow Dahled
Find him on Facebook: Dahled Jeffries
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